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Magic triumph over Raptors, the gruesome details

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Orlando Magic 125
TORONTO RAPTORS 116
[Sun Nov 01 2009]

Box Score Info

ORLANDO MAGIC [3-0]

 

POS

MP

FGM-FGA

2FGM-2FGA

3FGM-3FGA

FTM-FTA

+/-

ORb

DRb

TRb

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

KPM

BARNES

F

39:53

3-9

1-3

2-6

4-4

-1

4

5

9

4

5

6

3

2

0

12

+17

ANDERSON

F

29:31

7-14

2-6

5-8

1-2

+12

4

2

6

1

5

0

0

0

0

20

+14

HOWARD

C

36:29

5-13

5-13

0-0

14-16

+6

5

6

11

1

3

2

3

1

5

24

+23

REDICK

G

44:50

8-14

3-6

5-8

6-7

+12

0

6

6

5

3

1

1

0

0

27

+28

NELSON

G

36:15

8-20

3-11

5-9

9-10

+2

1

1

2

5

2

2

2

0

1

30

+22

GORTAT

 

14:05

0-3

0-3

0-0

0-0

+2

0

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

-4

JOHNSON

 

11:17

1-1

1-1

0-0

2-2

+7

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

+7

BASS

 

15:53

3-6

3-6

0-0

0-0

-2

0

2

2

1

2

0

0

2

0

6

+6

WILLIAMS

 

11:45

1-2

1-1

0-1

0-0

+7

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

+4

FOYLE

 

00:00

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

-

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CARTER

DNP – SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

LEWIS

DNP – SUSPENSION

PIETRUS

DNP – ILLNESS

Total

 

240

36-82

19-50

17-32

36-41

 -

14

23

37

24

23

11

9

5

6

125

+117

 

 

 

43.9%

38.0%

53.1%

87.8%

 

Team Rebs: 8

Total TO: 9

POSS: 109

PPP: 1.147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TORONTO RAPTORS [1-2]

 

POS

MP

FGM-FGA

2FGM-2FGA

3FGM-3FGA

FTM-FTA

+/-

ORb

DRb

TRb

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

KPM

Turkoglu

F

40:35

8-13

7-10

1-3

2-2

0

0

3

3

4

3

1

1

2

0

19

+20

Bosh

F

39:31

10-20

8-18

2-2

13-19

-6

4

12

16

1

4

0

3

1

5

35

+30

Bargnani

C

32:09

8-12

4-7

4-5

6-6

0

0

4

4

0

4

0

2

1

0

26

+21

DeRozan

G

18:45

3-5

2-4

1-1

1-2

-6

2

1

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

8

+5

Calderon

G

30:10

3-7

3-5

0-2

4-6

0

0

2

2

6

1

0

1

0

0

10

+10

NESTEROVIC

 

13:07

2-3

2-3

0-0

0-0

-16

1

1

2

1

3

0

0

2

0

4

+5

WRIGHT

 

24:52

3-8

2-6

1-2

0-0

+2

1

1

2

4

4

1

0

0

0

7

+5

JACK

 

24:58

2-4

1-2

1-2

0-0

-11

0

3

3

2

3

0

4

0

0

5

+1

BELINELLI

 

04:38

0-1

0-1

0-0

0-0

-12

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

-1

JOHNSON

 

11:12

1-1

1-1

0-0

0-0

+4

1

1

2

1

3

0

2

0

0

2

0

O’BRYANT

DNP – Coach’s Decision

WEEMS

DNP – Coach’s Decision

Total

 

240

40-74

30-57

10-17

26-35

9

29

38

19

20

2

14

6

5

116

+96

 

 

 

54.1%

52.6%

58.8%

74.3%

 

Team Rebs: 11

Total TO: 14

POSS: 103

PPP: 1.126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inactive

Magic: N/A Raptors: Banks, Douby, Evans

Technical Fouls
TOR 1st Qrt 5:17 Chris Bosh
ORL 3rd Qrt 3:41 Matt Barnes

Scoring
Lead Changes: 2
Times Tied: 4

AREANA STATS
Arena: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, OT
Officials: #10 Ron Garretson, #47 Benny Adams, #52 Pat Fraher
Attendance: 18,147 Duration: 2:35

 

Crucial Sequence, Play-By-Play

       Start 2nd Quarter

 

11:47

Bosh Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bass (1 BLK

Gortat Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 

11:45

 

Redick 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST) 

11:40
[ORL 39-28]

 

 

11:23

Wright Running Jump Shot: Missed 

 

11:22

Nesterovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 

 

11:21
[TOR 30-39]

Nesterovic Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS) 

Johnson Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bass (1 AST) 

10:59
[ORL 41-30]

 

 

10:49

Belinelli Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 

Gortat Driving Hook Shot: Missed 

10:26

 

 

10:25

Bosh Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 

 

10:15
[TOR 32-41]

Bosh Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Jack (1 AST) 

Bass Jump Shot: Missed 

10:04

 

Team Rebound 

10:03

 

 

10:03

Bosh Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 

Williams Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST) 

09:43
[ORL 43-32]

 

 

09:27

Bosh Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed Block: Bass (2 BLK

Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 

09:25

 

Bass Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 

09:13
[ORL 45-32]

 

 

09:05

Jack Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 

Redick Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST) 

08:46
[ORL 47-32]

 

 

08:46

Jack Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 

Timeout : Official 

08:46

 

 

08:46

Bosh Substitution replaced by Bargnani 

 

08:46

Nesterovic Substitution replaced by Johnson 

Redick Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 

08:46

 

 

08:45

Belinelli Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 

Gortat Foul : Personal (3 PF) 

08:33

 

Gortat Substitution replaced by Howard 

08:33

 

 

08:23

Belinelli Pullup Jump shot: Missed 

Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 

08:22

 

 

08:16

Wright Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 

Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 

08:16
[ORL 48-32]

 

Bass Substitution replaced by Anderson 

08:16

 

 

08:16

Belinelli Substitution replaced by Turkoglu 

Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 

08:16
[ORL 49-32]

 

 

08:06

Johnson Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 

 

08:06

Johnson Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 

 

07:52

Bargnani Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 

Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 

07:52
[ORL 50-32]

 

Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 

07:52
[ORL 51-32]

 

 

07:35

Turkoglu Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 

 

07:33

Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 

 

07:27

Bargnani Hook Bank Shot: Missed 

Anderson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 

07:25

 

Redick 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST) 

07:09
[ORL 54-32]

 

 

07:03

Time-out: Regular

 

07:03

Jack Substitution replaced by Bosh 

 

07:03

Johnson Substitution replaced by Calderon 

 

Crucial Sequence, Substitution Chart

TIME

TOTAL

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

SCORE

DIFF

Q2 12:00

 

V

Johnson

Williams

Redick

Bass

Gortat

47

+7

 

3:14

H

Jack

Belinelli

Wright

Bosh

Nesterovic

32

-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:46

 

V

 

 

 

 

 

47

0

 

1:35

H

Jack

Belinelli

Wright

Johnson

Bargnani

32

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:33

 

V

Johnson

Williams

Redick

Bass

Howard

49

+2

 

0:17

H

 

 

 

 

 

32

-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:16

 

V

Johnson

Williams

Redick

Anderson

Howard

54

+5

 

1:13

H

Jack

Wright

Turkoglu

Johnson

Bargnani

32

-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGEND: Bold – Player subbed into the game; Italics – Player in game shifted to new position; PG – Point Guard; OG – Off Guard; SF – Small Forward; PF – Power Forward; C – Center; DIFF – Difference in Score; V – Visiting Team; H – Home Team.

 

Gruesome Details

1. Orlando played without Vince Carter [Starting Off Guard], Mickael Pietrus [Starting Small Forward] and Rashard Lewis [Starting Power Forward].

2. Between the end of the 1st Quarter [36-28] and the 7:03 mark of the 2nd Quarter, Orlando opened up a 22 point lead [54-32].

3. The Raptors players who were on the floor for this specific segment of the game were:

PG – Jarrett Jack [3:57, -14]
OG – Marco Belinelli [3:44, -9]; Antoine Wright [1:13, -5]
SF – Antoine Wright [3:44, -9]; Hedo Turkoglu [1:13, -5]
PF – Chris Bosh [3:14, -7]; Amir Johnson [1:43, -7]
C – Rasho Nesterovic [3:14, -7]; Andrea Bargnani [1:43, -7]

4. There are good reasons why Indiana, Golden State, Dallas, Milwaukee and Orlando each chose not to retain the services of Misters Jack, Belinelli, Wright, Johnson and Turkoglu, respectively, this past summer AND the Raptors need to seriously consider limiting the floor time given to Andrea Bargnani this season.

Instead of placing blame for this loss on a player like Jose Calderon [PG] … whose specific strengths and weaknesses were well-known two seasons ago when he first won the Starting PG job over incumbent TJ Ford … accusing fingers in Raptorville should be pointing in an entirely different direction, i.e. at the architect[s] of the team.

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PS. Raptors fans were told in the summer which specific teams SHOULD have been viewed, both, at the time and down-the-road, as the BIGGEST winners in the four-team [blockbuster?] trade between Toronto [1-2], Memphis [1-2], Dallas [2-1] and Orlando [3-0]. Shame on you, if you were one of those who chose NOT to listen back then.

PPS. Yes, the 2009-2010 regular season is only 3 games old for the Raptors, but … when you look closely at the first 20 games on their schedule … it doesn’t get any easier for Toronto until the 2nd week of December.

Related:

When three birds of a different feather flock together it’s a poor omen for the Raptors

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 14

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 14 – vs Orlando [Sun Nov 22]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

MAGIC

PG

Calderon

ß

PG

Nelson

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Carter ^

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Pietrus

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Lewis

C

Bargnani

à

C

Howard

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Johnson

OG

Belinelli ^

=

OG

Redick

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Barnes $

PF

Evans ^

à

PF

Bass $

C

Nesterovic $

à

C

Gortat #R

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G/F

Williams $

PF

Johnson ^

=

F

Anderson ^

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Van Gundy

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+6

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed;  $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player.

The Magic’s 2nd trip to the ACC this season should prove to be more enjoyable for the visitors. Knowing full well what it feels like to play and lose a 1:00 PM game on Sunday afternoon, after spending the previous night in Toronto, should produce a much more determined effort from Orlando this time around … especially, with Rashard Lewis back in the line-up [i.e. following his league-imposed early season suspension]. 

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 5-9

 

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PS. During the 2006-2007 season Orlando [40-42/.488; 3rd Southeast] and Toronto [47-35/.573; 1st Atlantic] finished as the 8th and 3rd seeded teams in the EC playoffs, respectively. Since then, however, the fortunes of their franchises have gone in completely opposite directions. 

2007-2008, Orlando [1st Southwest; Lost 2nd Rd of Playoffs to Detroit]; Toronto [2nd Atlantic; Lost 1st Rd of playoffs to Orlando]

2008-2009, Orlando [Southwest, 1st; NBA Finalist]; Toronto [Atlantic 4th; missed playoffs]

2009-2010, Orlando [plus .500?]; Toronto [minus .500?]

With:

1. Vince Carter [G-F] now in Orlando and Hedo Turkoglu [SF] now in Toronto;

2. Dwight Howard [C] in Orlando and Andrea Bargnani [C] in Toronto;

3. Rashard Lewis [PF] in Orlando and Chris Bosh [PF] in Toronto;

4. Jameer Nelson [PG] in Orlando and Jose Calderon [PG] in Toronto;

5. JJ Redick [OG] in Orlando and DeMar DeRozan [OG] in Toronto;

6. Stan Van Gundy [head coach] in Orlando and Jay Triano [head coach] in Toronto;

7. Otis Smith/Dave Twardzik [as the management team] in Orlando and Bryan Colangelo/Maurizio Gherardini in Toronto [as the management team]; and,

8. Rich DeVos [as the owner] in Orlando and MLSE [as the owners] in Toronto;

it is going to be very interesting to see how these two franchises compare over the next few seasons. 

Yet another great fit for the Orlando Magic

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Thus far, this summer, every personnel move made by the Magic has been Right on the Money!

Magic close to signing C.J. Watson
The Orlando Magic are close to signing free agent point guard C.J. Watson, giving them an alternative to veteran Anthony Johnson as a backup to often-injured Jameer Nelson.

Watson, 6-2, 180 pounds, played the last two years at Golden State after spending one year in Greece and another year in the NBA Development League.

According to NBA sources, Watson could be signed as early as this weekend. Watson last season averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists, mostly as a backup for the Warriors. Golden State would have seven days to match any offer, since Watson is a restricted free agent.

———-

Yes, C.J. Watson is a restricted free agent and Golden State still has the right to match this offer from Orlando in order to retain his services … but, if the the Warriors decide to decline this opportunity, given the other PG’s they have on their roster, the Magic will have struck gold once again during the free agency period.

Whatever criticism may have been levied towards Otis Smith & Dave Twardzik prior to last season needs to be discarded as complete nonsense. No one makes a series of inter-connected moves over an extended period of time … like these manoeuvres … without having a well-formulated plan in place that is being gradually unfurled like clockwork. 

When you look at their roster from three seasons ago [40-42/.488, 3rd place Southeast] … and, then, compare it to what’s there now, surrounding a stud like D12 [C]:

STARTERS
1 Jameer Nelson, PG, 6th yr
2 Vince Carter, OG, 12th yr
3 Rashard Lewis, SF-PF, 12th yr 
4 Brandon Bass, PF, 5th yr
5 Dwight Howard, C, 6th yr

KEY SUBS
6 Anthony Johnson, PG, 13 yr
7 JJ Redick, OG, 4th yr
8 Mickael Pietrus, SF, 7th yr
9 Ryan Anderson, PF, 2nd yr
10 Marcin Gortat, C, 3rd yr

KEY RESERVES
11 C.J. Watson, PG, 3rd yr - ? [restricted free agent/Golden State]  
12 Jeremy Richardson, SF, 4th yr - ? [restricted free agent/Orlando]
13 Player X, PF/C - ? 

——————————————————
Legend:

Italics – Added 2 seasons ago; Bold Italics – Added 1 season ago; Bold – Added this season.
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it’s a treat to see High End pro’s like this in action.

KD goes yard, again: Magic most improved, thus far

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Despite the fact that there are those in Raptorville who think that their favourite team has perhaps improved the most of all, so far, this summer, there is now a growing number of NBA observers who do not see this off season’s respective pluses and minuses adding up in that exact way.

e.g.  Roundtable: Analyzing free agency

The most recent of these is a solid article yesterday, by Kelly Dwyer, that examines THE team which he believes has, in fact, improved the most this summer during the initial stage of the Free Agency period.

The Orlando Magic are stacked
Even if Carter steps back a bit, at his age. Even if Gortat sulks, Nelson doesn’t bounce back, Howard doesn’t turn into Kevin McHale, and Bass starts slowly. This team is still better. Way better. And we’ve barely mentioned Ryan Anderson’s pretty, pretty eyes.

Have they paid through the teeth? Are they trying to win now? Hell yes. That contract was signed as soon as the sign-and-trade with Rashard Lewis went through two summers ago. When they committed that much to a player in his prime, the Magic signed off on the win now scheme, even if Howard was years away from his peak.

That’s bad, if you screw it up. The Magic, Otis Smith and Dave Twardzik, haven’t screwed it up. And credit the team’s ownership for paying for a winner. Even before the new stadium goes up. Even in this economy. Good on them. Appreciate these moves, because this team is running rings around everyone else this summer. I wouldn’t be as excited for Richard Jefferson, cats and kittens.

There’s a good-to-great chance it could mean a second round exit. That’s how tough the East is at the top of the order, and that’s OK. Hedo will be just fine in his first couple of years in Toronto, VC is past his prime, and these moves aren’t exactly fiscally responsible.

Doesn’t matter. They’re moves. They’re great moves. This team went to the Finals last month, and in the four weeks since, it’s gotten much, much better. Appreciate that.

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The direct tie-in to the Raptors’ current situation shouldn’t be that hard for most of the team’s die-hard fans to see for themselves

[Note: Just in case they can't quite make it out properly, however, it's related to the names of one Vincent Lamar Carter, who made his NBA bones in Toronto, and the Turkish Michael Jordan [i.e. Hedo Turkoglu], who hopes to sustain his solid play of the last few seasons in his new digs north of the 49th Parallel.]

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If the general consensus in the on-line hoops community of NBA observers is that:

1 The Magic have indeed improved the most this off season, thus far;
2 The Magic, Cavaliers and Celtics … in any order of finish in the regular season standings you might choose to prefer … should prove to be the top 3 teams in the EC this year, with perhaps the Hawks [i.e. #4 last year, who have re-signed their own FA plus added J-Crawford] and the Heat [i.e. #5 last year, who are now in the running to add Iverson or Boozer and/or Odom] hot on their heels;

This would then seem to leave the Bulls, Bobcats, Bucks, Knicks, Nets, Pacers, Pistons, Raptors, 76ers and Wizards in a dogfight terrific race for the #6, #7 and #8 positions in the Eastern Conference Playoffs next season.

REPORT: Magic to keep Marcin Gortat

Monday, July 13th, 2009

For the benefit of those who may have doubted the claim made by yours truly last week, in this little corner of the blogosphere, that Orlando will emerge from their participation in the 4-team trade with Dallas, Toronto and Memphis, as one of the teams that actually “made out the best” from this transaction, the following news might give you just cause to reconsider your earlier position:

Sources: Magic to retain Gortat
The Orlando Magic will keep Marcin Gortat by matching the five-year, $34-million offer sheet extended to him by the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Sentinel first reported Monday.

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that Magic general manager Otis Smith has informed the Gortat camp that Orlando is indeed matching.

———-

If this report turns out to be accurate … in addition to Orlando’s decision to sign Brandon Bass [i.e an unrestricted Free Agent], over the weekend … this is what the Magic’s line-up will now look like this coming season:

STARTERS
Jameer Nelson, PG
Vince Carter, OG-SF
Rashard Lewis, SF-PF
Brandon Bass, PF
Dwight Howard, C

KEY SUBS
Anthony Johnson, PG
JJ Redick, OG-PG
Mickael Pietrus, OG-SF
Ryan Anderson, PF
Marcin Gortat, C

while Otis Smith & Dave Twardzik are also sitting on a $7.0-10.0 M Trade Exception, to be used just in case MORE fire-power should prove to be necessary to contend with the likes of Cleveland and Boston in the Eastern Conference Battle to Return to the NBA Finals this coming season.

Others are free to hold a different opinion about the matter, if they wish. :-)

———-

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” - Anonymous

Related:

What the 4-team trade was REALLY about from the Raptors’ perspective

What franchise made out best from 4-team trade?

What the 4-team trade was REALLY about from the Raptors’ perspective

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

For Raptors fans who think that the recent 4-team trade was in fact based on the commitment of MLSE to do what’s necessary to win a League Championship, one day in the not-too-distant future:

Colangelo still tinkering with Raptors roster
“You have to find a way to get the right pieces in this year and roll forward and keep below that luxury tax level,” Colangelo said. “It’s going to get tighter and it’s something to contend with.”

———-

you SHOULD seriously re-evaluate that specific line of thinking.

When you hear Bryan Colangelo speak next of DOING WHAT’S NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT SPECIFIC GOAL, down-the-road, please feel free to notify yours truly [perhaps, via email] right away! ;)

The Raptors’ GM … and chief representative of MLSE, on the hoops side of the operation … talks, repeatedly, about being “committed to building a winning team” BUT he NEVER EVER takes the NEXT STEP and mentions something about,

“Doing what’s necessary to actually have a legitimate shot at winning the League Championship.”

What’s the reason for this?

Does he actually know what this involves, in today’s NBA, regarding such things as: i. Basketball Philosophy, ii. Coaching Philosophy, iii. Player Personnel, and iv. The Financial Commitment Required [etc.]?

The teams that are “honestly” trying to WIN the Championship in the NBA, these days, know full well that in order to give themselves a “real” chance at accomplishing this goal, they are going to have to accept the fact that they will be paying The Luxury Tax … which is really Nothing More than the “current toll fare” … in return for The Right to be able to drive on that specific Super-Highway.

The highest level of competition possible is where the Big Boyz play and that’s the going freight just to ante into the game.

The San Antonio Spurs … located in a small-to-mid sized market, but with a 1st-class ownership group [expertly led by Peter Holt] and a Top Notch GM/Head Coach tandem  [i.e. RC Buford & Gregg Popovich] … are a prime example of a team that is now fully aware of this and, therefore, chose to act accordingly this off season … i.e. as you can plainly see from their recent decisions to:

* Retain their best 3 players [i.e. Time Duncan, Manu Ginobili & Tony Parker]

* Retain a veteran like Michael Finley

* Select 3 new players in the 2009 NBA Draft [i.e. DeJuan Blair, No. 37, Jack McClinton, No. 51, and Nando De Colo, No. 53] who are ready to compete right away

* Trade for Richard Jefferson [i.e. another high end player], and

* Sign Antonio McDyess [UFA]

While the Toronto Raptors, on the other hand … chose to go a different route, replete with a Magician’s Wand & Cloak, a rabbit, a head stand, a glass of bottled water, a still dry shirt – with an exceedingly high collar - and an accompanying 3-piece band of partners in crime.

There are just a few teams in this League that are legitimately trying to WIN It All [i.e. Category One] …

then, there’s Everybody Else [i.e. who can be further sub-divided into two additional specific Categories: Two. Those trying to field a highly "competitive" team, in the process of turning a profit, annually; and, Three. Those simply trying to survive in hopes of maybe turning a profit].

DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THAT WHAT THE RAPTORS DID WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS 4-TEAM TRADE WAS DESIGNED TO SHIFT THEM FROM CATEGORY TWO INTO CATEGORY ONE.

It was not; not by a long shot.

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Related:

Which franchise made out best from the 4-team trade?

Which franchise made out best from 4 team trade?

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Prior to the recent transaction between the Raptors [Bryan Colangelo], Mavericks [Donnie Nelson], Magic [Otis Smith & Dave Twardzik] and Grizzlies [Chris Wallace], this is what each of those team’s rosters looked like:

 

ROSTERS BEFORE 4-TEAM TRADE

 

No

RAPTORS

MAVERICKS

MAGIC

GRIZZLIES

1

2

3

4

5

Calderon

Parker–UFA

Marion–UFA

Bosh

Bargnani

Kidd

Wright

Howard

Nowitzki

Dampier

Nelson

Carter

Turkoglu–UFA

Lewis

Howard

Conley

Mayo

Gay

Warrick–RFA

Gasol

6

7

8

9

10

Ukic

Douby
DeRozan–R

Evans

O’Bryant

Barea

Terry

George

Bass–UFA

Hollins–RFA

Johnson

Redick

Pietrus

Anderson

Gortat–RFA

Jaric

Richardson

Young–R

Arthur

Thabeet–R

11

12

Banks

Humphries

Carroll

Singleton–UFA

Richardson–RFA

Miles

Haddadi

13

14

15

16

17

Delfino–RFA

Jawai

M-Bonsu–RFA

Beaubois–R

Ross

Williams

Nivins–R

Stackhouse

 

Carroll–R

 

TPE

Adams $0.7 M

Kapono $1.1 M

Moon $0.7 M

Solomon $0.7 M

 

Dooling $2.0 M

Wilks $0.8 M

 

 

Coming out the other side, today, this is what they look like now, respectively:

 

 

ROSTERS AFTER 4-TEAM TRADE

 

No

RAPTORS

MAVERICKS

MAGIC

GRIZZLIES

1

2

3

4

5

Calderon

Wright

Turkoglu

Bosh

Bargnani

Kidd

Howard

Marion

Nowitzki

Dampier

Nelson

Carter

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

Conley

Mayo

Gay

Warrick–RFA

Gasol

6

7

8

9

10

Ukic

DeRozan–R

George

Evans

O’Bryant

Barea

Terry

Ross

Bass–UFA

Hollins–RFA

Johnson

Redick

Richardson–RFA

Anderson

Gortat–RFA

Jaric

Richardson

Young–R

Arthur

Thabeet–R

11

12

Banks

Delfino–RFA

Carroll

Singleton–UFA

 

Miles

Haddadi

13

14

15

M-Bonsu–RFA

 

Beaubois–R

Williams

Humphries

 

Carroll–R

16

17

 

Nivins–R

Jawai

 

 

TPE

Adams $0.7 M

Kapono $1.1 M

Moon $0.7 M

Solomon $0.7 M

 

Dooling $2.0 M

Wilks $0.8 M
Turkoglu $7.0 M

 

DP

 

 

 

2nd Rounder,

Tor/2016

CC

 

 

 

From Dallas

From Toronto


Legend:
UFA – Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA – Restricted Free Agent; R – Rookie Player; TPE – Traded Player Exception; DP – Draft Pick; CC - Cash Considerations

 

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The Perspective From This Corner

 

IMPROVEMENT TO ROSTER SITUATION

 

TEAM

MINUS

ADD

NET GAIN

MAVERICKS

Wright

George

Stackhouse

Marion

Buckner

Humphries

Jawai

Substantial improvement. i.e. Marion is the best overall player in the deal [+]. Period. Humphries is a serviceable Big [+]. Jawai is a reserve [0]. Buckner will be cut. Stackhouse was inactive. George was a reserve. Wright was a pseudo-Starter only.

RESULT: ++ Gain

MAGIC

Turkoglu

TPE $7.0-to-10.0 M

Zero immediate improvement, i.e. Add Carter; Lose Turkoglu [0] … BUT with a gigantic CAVEAT. Now have $7.0-to-10.0 M worth of TPE’s [+], should they be in contention for a championship this coming season, in an effort to push them over the final hurdle. A Commitment To Winning It All.

RESULT: 0|+ Gain

RAPTORS

Parker

Marion

Humphries

Jawai

Wright

Turkoglu

George

Marginal improvement, only. i.e. Parker is a better player than Wright [-]. Turkoglu is a better clutch player than Marion [+], but Marion is a better player overall and a lot more athletic [-]. George and Humphries are even.

Turkoglu commitment provides stability at #3/SF [+]

RESULT: >> 0 Gain

GRIZZLIES

Buckner

CC [?]

Almost Zero improvement. CC plus a 2nd Round Draft Pick way, way off in the distance.

RESULT: > 0 Gain

 

The fact is, however, that the Cleveland Cavaliers [Danny Ferry] MAY have benefitted most of all from this specific transaction, as they subsequently gained unfettered access to Anthony Parker, the exact sort of complementary wing player they were searching for … to augment LeBron James & Co., in an effort to win their 1st NBA Championship. 

Your feedback is welcome in the “Comments” section. :-)

Injuries create opportunities for other players

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

No one likes to see an NBA player sustain a serious injury of any kind.

Magic PG Nelson has torn labrum in right shoulder

However … with Mikael Pietrus [G-F] and Keith Bogans [G-F] now healthy, Orlando should use:

* JJ Redick, as their Starting PG 
* Anthony Johnson, as their primary Back-up PG [in his current role], and
* Courtney Lee, as their 3rd-string PG

since the following line-up is still plenty good enough to get the Magic to, at least, the Eastern Conference semi-finals this season.

STARTERS

1 – JJ Redick
2 – Mikael Pietrus
3 – Hedo Turkoglu
4 – Rashard Lewis
5 – Dwight Howard

KEY BENCH SUBS

1 – Anthony Johnson
2 – Courtney Lee
3 – Keith Bogans
4 – Tony Battie
5 – Marcin Gortat

RESERVES

4 – Brian Cook
5 – Adonal Foyle

EXTRAS

Jameer Nelson [injured]
Mike Wilks [injured]
Jeremy Richardson

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If he’s ever going to become a truly serviceable player in the NBA, at some point in his career, JJ Redick [6-4, 190] will need to adapt successfully to the Point Guard position … and, there’s no time like the present for him to accomplish this specific goal.

Otis Smith, Dave Twardzik, Stan Van Gundy and JJ Redick … the ball is your hands and the shot clock is ticking.

 

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NOTE: Option B - The Magic could always try to acquire a player like Blake Ahearn from the San Antonio Spurs or a veteran like Troy Hudson.